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"Facts" In Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code; By: Katy

997 words - 4 pages

Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, a fictional novel, was written in a factual manner. Brown took a controversial topic and created a written work of art. He used real organizations, real places, and even some real names. He also created fictional characters and places, but made no attempt to allow them to appear as such. Although the evidence used in this book was misconstrued, it played a key role in diverting the reader's attention away from his own thoughts and onto those of the author. Many Christians questioned their beliefs as they read; the faithful came out stronger than ever.Brown took two strangers, brought them together and created the best mystery novel ever written. Robert Langdon, Harvard symbologist, and Sophie Neveu, an agent from DCPJ's cryptology department, were introduced by Sophie's murdered grandfather, Jacques Sauniere, through a code left for both of them to decipher. The fact that Jacques was killed in his own art gallery, and, in his death, left a message uniting two people, created intrigue. The dynamic duo stuck together throughout the entire novel, breaking code after code in the hope of unraveling the mystery behind the message. Eventually needing some assistance, they made their way to Sir Leigh Teabing's home, a friend of Langdon. Oddly enough, this was the one man from whom they should have stayed the farthest. Unfortunately, they realized this only after confronted by him in the depths of Westminster Abby. "Sir Leigh Teabing felt rueful as he gazed out over the barrel of his Medusa revolver at Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu. 'My friends,' he said, 'since the moment you walked into my home last night, I have done everything in my power to keep you out of harm's way. But your persistence has now put me in a difficult position'" (Brown 406). The twists in the novel make the reader want to read long into the night. They require further reading, and more explanation. The more you read, the more captivating it becomes.If anything had been set up differently in The Da Vinci Code, the impact would not have been as great. The partial truth in this novel was what made it so fascinating. Without it, it would have been a book left on the shelf. The reason it was a top seller was not because Dan Brown knew the whole truth about the secret in Mona Lisa's smile. It was because he knew how to make his readers think. He is a great manipulator of the truth. Setting up the book with interesting facts, Brown pushes you to believe everything that this book says."The Priory of Sion - a European secret society founded in 1099 - is a real organization. In 1975 Paris's Bibliotheque Nationale discovered parchments known as Les Diossiers Secrets, identifying numerous members of the Priory of Sion, including... Leonardo da Vinci...The Vatican prelature known as...

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